Collaboration Fights Food Insecurity in Putnam County

Indiana currently ranks 26th in the nation for food insecurity. In Putnam County, 45% of
food insecure people do not qualify for other nutrition programs such as SNAP or WIC.
To help battle these alarming statistics, the Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders, Purdue
Extension, the Putnam County Fair & 4-H Association, and the Putnam County Food
Pantry Coalition teamed up during the summer months.
The Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders took the lead by applying for the Indiana 4-H
Takes a Bite Out Hunger grant sponsored by the Indiana 4-H Foundation and a Putnam
County Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Grant to encourage individuals to
donate food items. Then the Purdue Extension Staff, the Putnam County Fair & 4-H
Association, and the Putnam County Food Pantry Coalition participated in the FAIRs
Care Program. Through the FAIRs Care Program, individuals were able to make a
donation to the Food Pantry Coalition and receive tickets to and sponsored by the
Indiana State Fair in appreciation for the donation.
Through these two programs, $2,360 were raised and an estimated 3,500 pounds of
food and non-food items were collected. These items were distributed to food pantries
within Putnam County on August 17. Thank you to those who joined in on the
collaboration and supported the Indiana 4-H Takes a Bite Out of Hunger Grant and the
FAIRs Care program in 2018.

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